It is finally finished.
This was a commission piece..
When I first saw it
I thought it would be easy.
In reality this was a strain on my brain.
The colors were different for me.
The flat surfaces were narrow.
I didn't have a total plan in my head.
In other words,
I was winging this one.
This is what it looked like when it came to me.
My inspiration came from Ann's color and fabric swatches.
This next photo was taken last month with my old failing camera.
I couldn't even fix the coloring in editing.
The only real surface to play with was the top.
Because this piece is going in a lake house my first thought was something along the lines of a boldly striped beach towel.
So I painted the top with varying sized stripes.
It looked blah and boring.
Maybe it needed some red?
I always use red.
No red isn't in her color scheme.
Delete the red.
Opt for a darker blue as an accent color.
Still not there.
Add a bit of pattern.
I usually pop these funky pieces with black and white but to work with her look I went with chocolate brown and creme.
Added some script for a subtle pattern.
and words around the base that reflect their lifestyle.
I was ready to call it finished and even took photos.
The camera doesn't lie.
It still looked undone.
I didn't want any more leaves.
I didn't want to go too crazy.
This is probably way out of her hubby's comfort zone as it is.
I thought about polka dots but that might be too cutesy.
So I went with another stripe pattern
and added some circles to the inside of the side braces.
I liked that touch of the darker blue.
Typical me, it was after 10 pm.
I had to call it.
Mike was leaving for Missouri in the morning and was taking it with him.
So one more coat of poly and off it went.
A bit sticky but it is now off to it's new home.
I told Mike to tell her not to set anything on it for a week.
It is just so humid this time of year.
Things take forever to dry.
She will be putting it here,
behind this sofa I think.
I can see it.
Now I'm off to paint a violin.
More about that in a day or two.
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